An exceptionally bright young man, William Campbell had found few opportunities to learn about the world in the raw lumbering towns of wiregrass Alabama. His three years as a U.S. Marine in Europe were followed by trips on behalf of the Waterman Steamship Corporation to New York, London and Hamburg. He flourished in the 1930s and 40s as both a business executive and as a writer well regarded in literary circles. But in each of these distant locations he showed clear signs of his mental anxiety. In London he underwent extensive psychoanalyis with Edward Glover. In Hamburg March's brush with the newly established Nazis led to paranoia and a hasty exit in 1933. In New York March initially found success as a writer but by the late forties had crashed and burned. His friends from Waterman reeled him in from the shark-infested waters abroad.